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Palliative Care Service volunteer co-ordinator Leanne Barton with volunteer Dawn Rhodes, of Launceston. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON
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DESPITE what people think, laughter, smiles and patience can often be found in a palliative care unit.

Once a fortnight for the the past six years, Dawn Rhodes, from Launceston, has volunteered at the Melwood Palliative Care Unit.

Mrs Rhodes is a listener, a storyteller, a friend and sometimes even a masseuse for the patients who face life-limiting illnesses.

While there can be sadness and tears, she said she would never describe her work as depressing.

“The important thing to remember is that you’re dealing with people just like us who are having a tough time in their lives,” Mrs Rhodes said.

“We are who we are, no matter what’s going on outside of us or inside of us.

“You learn a great deal from these people – they’re courageous, they’re patient and they’re an inspiration.”

Before she began her volunteer work at the unit, Mrs Rhodes attended a comprehensive training program to ensure she was able to support the wide range of people in the unit and that she could be comfortable around death.

“I really had a desire to know about the processes of death and dying.

“I found that the more you find out, the more you learn, the more you know about a particular thing, the less fearful you become.”

From tomorrow, the palliative care unit will spend the week recruiting volunteers who are able to support those needing care, both in the unit and in their homes. A six-week training program will run once a week from April 1, for information phone 63365544.

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Warrnambool under 14s dominate junior lifesaving titlesPhotos

Warrnambool under 14s dominate junior lifesaving titles | Photos Warrnambool’s Moses Stromvall-O’Brien competes in the under nine board race during the weekend’s state junior life saving titles. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE
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Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hannah Owen, Emma Ragg, Clancy McCoy, Monique Forbes and Sarah Keert from Warrnambool. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hayden Carr from Warrnambool. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Boys flag race winner Max Malderer from Anglesea beat Will Lennon from Wye River, and Henry van Til from Torquay. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Boys flag race winner Max Malderer from Anglesea beat Will Lennon from Wye River, and Henry van Til from Torquay. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club Nippers Brayden Casamento, Lachlan Timms, Ollie Bridgewater, Phoebe Thornton, Sarah Flaherty, Wren Wood, Jobe Steel,Hayden Carr,Paddy O’Brien and front is Jessica Hardiman, Naticia Varley, Emily Bartlett. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Max Piroch from Jan Juc winning Under 14 swim race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hayden Carr from Warrnambool. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Piper Harrison from Point Leo won the under 14 swim race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Connor Cook from Warrnambool competing in the under 13 swim race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Sarah Flaherty from Warrnambool in the under 14 swim race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Billy Bowden from Lorne won the under 13 swim race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Connor Cook from Warrnambool competing in the under 13 swim race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hayden Carr from Warrnambool (far right). Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Lachlan Timms from Warrnambool competing in the under 14 board race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Tommy Jarvis from Lorne and Jules Promnitz from Warrnambool competing in the under 10 sprint race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Jobe Steel from Warrnambool competing in the under 14 board race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Moses Stromvall-O’Brien from Warrnambool competing in the under 10 board race. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Victorian Surf Life Saving Nippers Championships at Warrnambool’s main beach. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

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Permanent protection bid for lake house

The Wendouree Parade house designed by Robin Boyd.PERMANENT protection of an architecturally designed Lake Wendouree property is a step closer, with the City of Ballarat looking to seek permission from the state government to approve a heritage overlay.
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The Lake Wendouree property – designed by Robin Boyd in 1960 – will remain standing after the City of Ballarat rejected an application to demolish the property.

The property, currently for sale at an asking price of between $1.65 million and $1.75 million, is the only example of Boyd’s work in Ballarat and one of only a few in regional Victoria.

Late last year, Ballarat councillors voted to reject an application to demolish the house, citing its prominent social, cultural and historical significance.

Described as a “visionary” of his time, Boyd was considered an Australian leader when it came to design and architecture.

A proposal to be considered by Ballarat councillors at the council meeting on Wednesday night revealed that a fast-tracked interim heritage protection overlay had already been placed on the house in February.

Internal and external heri-

tage control of the property will remain until October 31.

Ballarat council publicly exhibited an application to place permanent heritage control on the property late last year.

Three submissions were received, including two opposing the heritage protection on the property and one in support of protecting the residence from demolition but raising concerns over the internal controls proposed.

A report, to be considered by councillors on Wednesday night, recommends the council adopt an amendment to the planning scheme which places permanent protection on the house.

If this is approved, the City of Ballarat will then seek permission to solidify the move from Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne.

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